Ever wonder what the different names of the different Celebration classes mean? How is an Open class different from an Amateur class? What does "Specialty" mean? Or Classic? Here are some definitions that may help.
Amateur Class: Each rider, driver, or handler must be an amateur. Show management may also restrict amateur classes by age, gender or other criteria as stated on the class sheet. Trainers' spouses, who otherwise qualify as amateurs, may not show a customer's horse in an amateur class.
Amateur Owned and Trained Class: Horses must be owned, trained and ridden by amateurs only. The horse shall have had no professional training, other than attendance at open-to-the-public clinics, within 90 days of the class.
Equitation: In equitation and showmanship classes, the rider/handler is judged rather than the horse. There is both English and Western (stock seat) equitation.
Flat Shod: A flat shod pleasure horse performs the three gaits of the breed without pads, bands, boots, action devices, lubricants or braced tails. Some of the classes included in the flat shod category include Plantation Pleasure, Lite Shod Pleasure, Trail Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Western classes, and pleasure driving classes.
In-hand: Horses are led rather than ridden or driven in. These are usually the classes with the foals, weanlings and yearlings.
Lite Shod: Lite shod shoes must be made of iron and be no thicker than 3/8 inch nor any wider than 3/4 inch with the exception of the caulk, which must be no thicker than 3/4 inch.* Weight is limited to no more than 32 ounces per shoe.
Model: Entries are led into the ring without saddles or harnesses and judged on conformation, condition and presentation, including show ring presence.
Novice Class: Entries are restricted to horses and/or riders who have not won three blue ribbons as of the closing date of entries for that competition. Ribbons won at that competition will not change novice status.
Open Class: Entries are open to horses and riders of any age, sex, size or winnings as specified in the class description.
Open Tack or Optional Tack Class: Exhibitors may choose to show in either English or Western tack and attire but not a combination of both.
Owner-Amateur Trained Class: Horses must be owned, trained and ridden by the amateur exhibitor or a member of his immediate family. The horse shall have had no professional training, other than attendance at open-to-the-public clinics, within 90 days of the class.
Owners Class: Each exhibitor must be an owner, co-owner, or immediate family of an owner or co-owner of the horse being exhibited.
Park Performance: Shoe size is limited to a maximum of 1 *½ inches by *½ inch with a 1-inch turnback with a maximum of 1-inch pad measured at the heel and an action device of no more than 6 ounces. Bands are optional. Braced tail and rock back pads are prohibited.
Park Pleasure: Shoe size is limited to a maximum of 1 *½ inches by *½ inch with a 1-inch turnback Bands are optional. Braced tail and pads are prohibited.
Plantation Pleasure Classes:
Performance or Padded: Shoes in the performance division may not exceed 1 1/2 inches wide or 1/2 inch thick with a 1-inch turnback. Pads made of leather, plastic or a similar pliant material used to artificially extend a horse's hoof are allowed on performance horses.* The amount of pad, or artificial extension, permitted on a performance horse two years old and older will be determined by the natural hoof length.* The amount of artificial extension, whether accomplished with pads, acrylics or any other material or combination thereof, must not exceed 50 percent of the natural hoof length
Show Pleasure: The show pleasure horse is allowed the use of acceptable action devices and pads but braced and humane tails are prohibited.
Specialty: No canter is required